regional roundup

regional roundup: melbourne [part 3 of 4]

by anne

ever since the olympics started, i’ve been glued to the tv. i feel like i’ve become an encyclopedia of random olympic factoids, and i love it! for instance, did you know that australian swimmers are treated like celebrities back home? working on this piece has definitely helped put the aussies on my radar these games. anyway, back to the project at hand – melbourne: part 3 featuring gracia haby + louise jennison {gracia louise}, volker haug, beci oprin, camilla and olivia tipler {mozi} and eveline tarunadjaja. in case you missed them, don’t forget to check out part one and part two. we’ll be back tomorrow with the final regional roundup: melbourne post. click here for the full post or just click “read more” below. –anne

{illustration by beci orpin, read her feature after the jump}

Gracia Louise

1.Where are you from? Where do you live now?
We are both, Louise and I, from Melbourne, and that is where we currently reside. In our home-based studio, a mere pebble toss from the city, we work, surrounded by the things we love and a clowder of cats.

2. Describe your work
Our work, as visual artists, is, for the most part, made in collaboration. We work side-by-side creating limited edition artists’ books and prints and other such works on paper, our medium of choice. Louise holds dear her watercolour palette and I treasure my Honeybee scissors for collage.gracialouise1.jpg

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
Where we live can inform our work on many levels. Practically, working from home sees our work oft being stored away rather than pinned up; drawings are pressed to stay flat and book covers appear in neat towers. Working this way, it is always a surprise to see all our work laid out in a gallery setting, work we may not have seen for awhile. Living where we do, we have access to a variety of materials (beautiful papers, fine brushes and second-hand bookstores) and a host of galleries, artist run spaces and libraries on our doorstep.

4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
We are currently heading to the cinema for inspiration. The Melbourne Film Festival is upon us and together, over the course of its nineteen days, we plan to see 26 films each. Films from around the world enable us to travel to new destinations; they feed both directly and indirectly into our artwork. Walking about the city or locally with no clear intention also proves enjoyably refreshing, watching the parade of people passing.

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
The Melbourne design scene is perhaps something that we view from the outside looking in. To us, not in the thick of it, it appears busy and slightly thrilling.


6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Norway. The last film we took in at the aforementioned festival was O’Horten (directed by Bent Hamer) and Norway looked beyond beautiful to us. Can we stop by Russia upon return?

You can find Gracia’s blog here, Louise’s blog here, and the official Gracia Louise site here. And don’t forget to check out their work in the latest Lines & Shapes: vol 3.


Volker Haug

1.Where are you from? Where do you live now?
Originally from Stuttgart, Germany. [Currently in] Melbourne Australia (since 2000).

2. Describe your work

I make light fittings of artistic nature often simple but elegant and with humor.
3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
I sometimes use recycled material I come across randomly so this isn’t necessarily country specific. The better I get to know the industry the more different materials and processes I’m trying out. Again this is not necessarily county specific. The older I get the more I become aware of design around me and also the higher my standards become for my own- as well as other peoples design work.

4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
I love to walk the streets and find the city with many people and existing design more inspiring than the country side or nature. Nature is important for me for balance but doesn’t necessary inspire me as much.

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?

I’m a self taught designer so never studied design as such. I often feel a bit like an outsider in the design scene but don’t find this necessary a negative thing. By being an amateur designer I feel like I often approach things differently to others and therefore sustain my true style which generally is a good thing sometimes though I wish I’d studied design – I wonder how that would have influenced myself as well as my style.

I think the Australian design scene is stronger than it’s ever been and is quite up to date with the Europe yet special in its own kind as Australia is so far away from the rest of the world.
6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Traveling inspires me greatly so I’d like to go to as many different places as possible for greater understanding of the world as well as general inspiration. I found Cuba very inspiring and wouldn’t mind going back there (without being robbed next time) ;-)

Click here to see more of Volker’s work, and here for his Design Files interview.


Beci Orpin / Princess Tina / Tiny Mammoth

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
melbourne born and bred

2. Describe your work
i work freelance as a designer and illustrator and run 2 clothing and accessories lines – a womens called princess tina (www.princesstina.com.au) and babies/kids line called tiny mammoth (www.tinymammoth.com.au). i also regularly have artshows where i exhibit artwork in different mediums.
3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
melbourne has nice lifestyle – delicious food and produce, nice parks, and lots of things going on so that makes it easy to work here. as opposed to much of the rest of australia, melbourne also has 4 definite seasons – i find the changing of seasons and weather really inspiring. also, if you want to escape the city you only need to drive for an hour or so to get to country or quite beaches. i also have a great group of creative friends and my family around me who continually provide me with constant inspiration and motivation.
4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
In melbourne – royal botanic gardens, MOMA at heidi, great hall at the NGV, walk through various laneways in the city, have coffee at rae’s, wade in rockpools at rye back beach, go for forage at camberwell market on a sunday morning.
5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
its pretty healthy, there seems to be no shortage of nice local products, and there are some good designers and artists here too. although, i guess like anywhere there is still a fair bit of mediocrity. but there seems to be more support and awareness in the general public for design here now – more design festivals and events happening which is good.

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
russel wright’s house – manitoga, japan for sakura season, northern NSW beaches

Visit Beci at [her soon to be relaunched] websites: Beci Orpin / Princess Tina / Tiny Mammoth


1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
We are from Melbourne, Australia and both still currently reside here after spending time living abroad in Europe and UK.

2. Describe your work.
MOZI is renowned in Australia and internationally for creating colourful nature-inspired motifs, which we then apply to our to distinctive ranges of functional and affordable products that are charming, quirky and fun.


3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
We are a patriotic pair who take pride in our surroundings. Australia is a truly unique continent with stunning landscapes and interesting cities. We think this has had a big influence on our work especially obvious through our use of colour and more recently our subject matter. Our latest collection is called ‘The Botanical Australia’ Collection.

Melbourne is a great place for shopping and sourcing interesting things. We constantly collect second-hand furniture, fabric, prints, books and magazines from the many local markets and bric-a-brac stores. In these things we constantly find inspiration for our work whether is be a classic typeface, an image with an interesting combination of colours, a pattern in a fabric from the 1950’s. All these small things keep your creative juices flowing.


4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?

The main source of inspiration for our work stems from our parents farm in the Otway Ranges., about 2 and a half hours drive from Melbourne. It is surrounded by native forest and is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The bird life is incredible alongside mums sprawling gardens, massive trees, rivers, cows, chickens and more. We often collect cuttings of plants or tree foliage and draw it. Other places that always get us excited are markets, antique stores and bric-a-brac stores. Someone’s trash is another mans treasure!

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
Just this week in Melbourne ‘The State of Design Festival’ has been running along with a large furniture exhibition called ‘Furnitex’. We have spent time listening to festival guest speakers on trend forecasting, textile design and green design. We have also participated in the festival and have been asked to talk at a seminar later in the year. We think Melbourne’s design scene is amazing. It is a very cultural and interesting place offering designers a plethora of opportunities. I think the same applies to the rest of the nation as we see some very talented designers across many fields become globally recognized for their contributions.


6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
We would both love to visit Mexico. We have a favourite shop in Melbourne which stocks Mexican homewares and whenever we are in there feel transported right to the heart of this fascinating place. The colours are so fun and lively it makes you want to have a big fiesta!

Check out more of Camilla and Olivia’s work at Mozi.

Eveline Tarunadjaja

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I was born and lived in Indonesia until the age of 15. Ever since then, I’m residing in Melbourne, Australia and decided not to leave.

2. Describe your work
My work is filled with sugar-coated loneliness, wild imaginations, or something really dumb that get stuck in my head all day with hairy details that kept sending me to the osteopath every now and then.


3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
Most of my drawings are personal, inspired by friends and relationships – so I supposed being in the same country/city with them keeps the creative juice flowing. And I also think that my drawing style is quite conservative, but the subject matter is rather tongue-in-cheek, which is how I see Melbourne, a traditional exterior with a playful character hidden in street corners.

4. Where do you go in Australia when you want to feel inspired?
A lot of my works, I got the inspirations from people’s interactions, so I’m going to be biased and say Melbourne, where there are a lot quirky cafes, hidden bars, and culture collisions. The streets and laneways are always full of amusing characters that just give me ideas for my drawings.

5. How would you describe the Australian design scene?
Being in such an isolated location (compared to the rest of the world) triggered a more independent design scene. Almost everyone I know here is an illustrator, designer or some kind of artists – which makes me think there are not enough creative outlets in Australia which fueled a lot of people to make their own, which is good as we are pushed to be ‘self-sustained’ in our own creativity.


6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
I would love to go to New York to ice-skate in Central Park.

Click here to view more of Eveline’s work, and you can find her on flickr here.

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  • I was impressed with Gracia Louise’s mention of a ‘clowder’ somewhere in there! I hadn’t heard this word before, and upon looking it up, found lots more fabulous collective cat nouns that I thought I would share: clutter of cats,
    glaring of cats, pounce of cats, dout of cats (house cats), nuisance of cats (house cats), kendle of cats (kittens)
    kindle of cats (kittens), litter of cats (kittens), destruction of cats (wild cats), and so many more great animals, like a crash of rhinoceri or mischief of mice, here: http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

  • Thanks Anne, for including lj and I in your merry roundup. Such a thrill to be included and we are happy you like what we make and do.
    see you, g
    (A mischief of mice, Cassie, has to be one of my favourite collective animal nouns… so apt, it rolls off the tongue and i can picture perfectly a collection of the little whiskery ones.)

  • Hey Anne I’m loving the Melbourne guide… and you’ve found people even I didn’t know about which is quite shameful but anyway! Thanks so much for the round up… I’ll be sad when there’s no more Melbourne here! x

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